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1. Robben Island
A symbol of the most difficult and divisive era in South Africa’s history – the Apartheid period and the fight for its end – Robben Island is arguably the most symbolic, evocative and important of all South African visitor attractions. A short boat ride from Cape Town, it was here that Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 27-year incarceration. The likes of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have been drawn to this island, as have UNESCO, and we can understand why. Plan to spend at least half a day here.
South Africa’s top tourist attractions
Colourful beach houses on St James beach in Muizenberg, Cape Town
If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa. With an average of 15 million visitors flocking to the country every year, the allure is strong.
We’ve put together a list of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions, based on bookings by our safari desk:
Cape Town and the Cape Winelands
Nestled between a rugged mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Africa. This multicultural city enjoys a superb natural setting, pristine beaches, sophisticated infrastructure and a mild, Mediterranean climate.
A few city and peninsula headline acts include Table Mountain and Lion’s Head (the most iconic landmark in South Africa), the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Boulders Beach for penguins that waddle along golden beaches in and amongst holidaymakers, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the famous Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were imprisoned during the apartheid years) and Cape Point. And there is no shortage of world-class trendy restaurants and a vibrant nightlife for all tastes. It’s no wonder that Cape Town is the crown jewel of the country.
For the active traveller, the Cape Town peninsula is a treasure trove of hiking and mountain biking trails, kayaking and wind-surfing spots – in fact just about every physical outdoor pursuit is catered for within a relatively short radius of the city.
South Africa is famous for its award-winning wines, and some of the best wine in the country comes from the scenic rural outskirts within a short drive of the city – including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia and Robertson. Set against a picturesque mountain backdrop the Cape Winelands are among the most scenic in the world and feature many historic wine estates that date back centuries. The area is also home to charming boutiques, gourmet restaurants and five-star hotels. A drive through South Africa’s wine country is well worth the trip – especially if you’re not the ‘designated driver’!
Penguins at Boulder’s beach in Simonstown, Cape Town
Kruger National Park and private reserves
South Africa’s iconic national park and one of Africa’s conservation success stories, the Kruger National Park is a must-do safari for any bush lover and for those keen on ticking off the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in a relatively short space of time.
The park and adjoining private reserves (Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat and Balule) that share its unfenced western border make up about 2,2 million hectares (22000km²) of varied bushveld with six ecosystem types, and are collectively referred to as the Greater Kruger National Park. Kruger’s vast size and variety of ecosystems results in a wide diversity of wildlife (including over 500 bird species) and some of the finest game-viewing in Africa.
In terms of wildlife, the sheer number and diversity of wildlife is almost unparalleled, making this the perfect place to spot the Big 5 and much more while out on a game drive, or even a guided walking safari. While Kruger National Park receives over 1.4 million visitors a year, you’d be surprised at how often you find yourself alone in the vast open spaces, giving you a truly authentic African wilderness experience. The national park offers self-drive options and affordable self-catering accommodation options, but there are also areas within the park boundaries set aside for the exclusive use of private lodges, and together with the adjoining private reserves to the west of the park, these private lodges guarantee exclusivity, low visitor numbers and sensational game viewing – where sightings of the Big 5 are almost a daily occurrence.
A safari in the Greater Kruger National Park is a must for first timers and is also very popular with experienced bush-goers who go back year after year.
Watching buffalo pass by on safari in the Greater Kruger National Park © Simon Espley
Madikwe Game Reserve
The malaria-free 75,000 hectare (750 km²) Madikwe Game Reserve in northern South Africa, close to the Botswana border, is favoured by those who want a Big 5 safari, but without the crowds sometimes associated with larger, more popular reserves. Madikwe does not permit day trippers or self-drive game drives, ensuring a private safari experience.
The dry Kalahari ecosystem offers an alternative to the Lowveld bush seen in the Kruger National Park, and so Madikwe offers some unique and exhilarating safari game viewing and photographic opportunities. Aside from the Big 5 species, Madikwe offers the chance to see wild dogs, cheetahs, brown hyenas and large numbers of plains game – and about 360 species of birds.
The absence of malaria plus easy access from Johannesburg via road and air makes Madikwe an excellent choice for family safaris, and some lodges even cater for children-friendly activities. The range of accommodation, from luxury to basic, means that there is something for everyone.
Madikwe is something of a success story for wildlife conservation, local community economic empowerment and private/public enterprise. The land and animals are managed by the state, private investors profit from the lodges, and three nearby villages benefit via sustainable jobs and skills advancement.
An elephant drinks at a waterhole in Madikwe © Anton Kruger
Garden Route and Little Karoo
Sandwiched between vibrant Cape Town and the malaria-free Cape Game Reserves – are the idyllic Garden Route and Little (Klein) Karoo, together offering an unrivalled mix of experiences and adventures within a proverbial stone’s throw of each other.
The Garden Route offers a laid-back and intoxicating blend of beaches, lagoons, craggy mountains and ancient indigenous forests. Gorgeous historical coastal towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley offer a range of accommodations to suit every need, and the many smaller rural villages along the way each offer an authentic charm. While the spectacular landscape is enough to leave you awestruck, it’s worth exploring the many hidden nooks and crannies, where some of the true gems lie. Expect to unearth artist communities, wood cutter clans, fishing communities and many visitors who arrived on holiday and have never left this forested coastal paradise.
Whether you’re into rambling through art and craft markets, zip-lining through forest canopies, chilling on golden beaches or relaxing at a health spa, the Garden Route has it all in spades. You will be seduced by this charming haven and emerge relaxed and ready to resume your real life.
The Little Karoo lies inland of the lush Garden Route, just across craggy mountains that themselves harbor many wild and secret places. The dry semi-desert Karoo is a place of historical ostrich farms, olive groves, wine, the famous Route 62 and adorable habituated meerkats.
The view of the lagoon in Knysna, South Africa
The northern coastline and bushveld of KwaZulu-Natal hosts one of the most diverse habitat matrices, endemic species strongholds, successful conservation projects and enthralling Big 5 safaris in Africa. And to top it all off, there are a wealth of cultural and ecotourism activities, miles and miles of sandy beaches with warm water and, for some reason, relatively few tourists.
Zululand and the Elephant Coast, where black and white rhinos recovered from almost going extinct, plays home to the mighty Zulu warrior and to iSimangaliso Wetland Park – Africa’s oldest protected area and South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. This is also the home of other renowned protected areas such as Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, uMkhuze, Ndumo and Thembe, offering a wide array of habitats such as woodlands, wetlands, palm savannas and coastal forests. And amongst this vast network of protected areas are private game reserves such as Phinda, Pongola, Zululand Rhino and Zimanga, which offer luxury safaris to our discerning guests, with exceptional sightings of big cats, rhinos and elephants in addition to a host of other species.
For the avid birder, KwaZulu-Natal is not only a haven for colourful endemics, it also offers the best birding infrastructure in South Africa.
The adventurous can expect exciting walking safaris and a stunning coastline bathed in warm water and offering the best scuba in South Africa – with coral reefs, whale sharks, dolphins and breeding turtles.
For the history buffs, the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal were the anvil that forged South Africa’s political past. The famous battlefields of Isandlwana, Blood River and Spionkop witnessed fierce clashes between British forces, Zulu warriors and ‘Boer’ soldiers.
So, if a combination of bush, beach and history is your thing, visit KwaZulu-Natal.
The Drakensberg landscape
Cape Game Reserves
For those seeking a malaria-free bush break closer to Cape Town than the traditional bushveld destinations, the Cape Game Reserves have much to offer, even for Big 5 fans.
Expect a range of dry bushveld types, from the vast and arid plains and mountains of the Great Karoo to the succulent Klein Karoo and the dense valley thickets of the Eastern Cape. You will even see big game in mountainous Cape fynbos habitat, in amongst the proteas and ericas. Some Eastern Cape reserves even offer boat trips down winding rivers for a day at the nearby idyllic beaches for that classic bush/beach combo.
Most Cape rural areas have been historically farmed, and many of the private and even government reserves are reclaimed farmland – a great success for conservation. Purists might prefer the classic upcountry game reserves of Kruger National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal or the Kalahari – but others enjoy the proximity to Cape Town for their bush break.
A game drive vehicle exploring Sanbona Game Reserve in the Cape © Christian Boix
The vast malaria-free Kalahari offers a true desert safari experience – with endless vistas of red dunes and grass savannahs dotted with massive gnarled camelthorn trees, and the desert-adapted species that thrive here.
This unique ecosystem hosts a remarkable population of arid-specialist species, including the rare desert-adapted black rhino, Kalahari lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, springbok, oryx (gemsbok) and sought-after smaller species such as aardvark, honey badger, brown hyena, pangolin and aardwolf. There are also a few habituated colonies of meerkats that provide excellent photographic opportunities.
The absence of malaria makes the Kalahari an excellent choice for family safaris.
A black-maned lion struts his stuff in the Kalahari © Christian Boix
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Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa
A nation of breathtaking and stunning beauty, South Africa holds wondrous creatures, thriving cities, impressive vineyards, and numerous natural wonders. It’s a country of cultural diversity and enormous contrast, and there are surprises waiting for anyone who is curious enough to explore it.
Tourism has become one of South Africa’s most important industries, as it generates a substantial amount of revenue. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the industry created 10% of the country’s jobs in 2012, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen in the last decade. To bring in more international tourists, South Africa’s government has introduced a unique program that simplifies the process of getting a travel visa.
As the country continually grows its infrastructure and modernizes its visa system, foreign travellers will have many incredible attractions to experienced. In this comprehensive guide, we’ve listed some of the best South African tourist attractions.
The Sanbona Reserve
Being one of South Africa’s biggest private game reserves, the Sanbona Reserve is one of the country’s top attractions. Located near Cape Town, it’s widely regarded as one of the best attractions in the area. The Reserve was named after the San people, who have thrived in this dry, hot environment for centuries.
The reserve is located south of the Warmwaterberg mountain range in a part of the country called Little Karoo. Though the area was once used as farmland, those days are long past. The land is now protected, and it has been returned to its natural state in honor of the San people who still call it home. The Sanbona Explorer Camp is a great way to get back to nature while enjoying a classic safari experience.
Kruger National Park
One of the country’s most popular safari locations, Kruger National Park is a great place to start when finding out what’s famous in South Africa. This national park covers over two million acres, and it’s historically significant because it was the first park established in South Africa.
Inside Kruger National Park, you’ll find all the wildlife you’d expect to see in Africa, such as leopards, lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and hippos. You’re sure to see your favorite animal! Along with its wondrous wildlife, there’s breathtaking scenery to see at one of the park’s many lookout points. These places make excellent resting spots, where you can enjoy some delicious local cuisine.
Another private and protected area, the Shamwari Reserve is one of the country’s most successful conservation areas and one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa. Located near Port Elizabeth, this malaria-free area covers over 25,000 acres.
On the reserve, you’ll enjoy memorable encounters with lions, elephants, zebras, and other well-known African wildlife. Consider joining the Shamwari Explorer Camp for a real safari adventure. This two- or three-day walking safari will help you get up close and personal with the country’s animals, all without sacrificing the comfort and luxury you deserve.
Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most well-known cities. Located on the coast, it’s known for its memorable landmarks. These locations, as well as numerous awards from worldwide publications, make Cape Town one of the planet’s best places to visit.
The city’s parks and botanical gardens make it one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. If you’re more adventurous, try hiking, mountain biking, or paragliding off the top of Table Mountain. One of the world’s largest vineyards is in Cape Town, and it produces several award-winning wine varieties. It’s also the place to see great white sharks and whales, as well as zebras, wildebeest, and other wildlife.
With English, French, Dutch, and local influences, Cape Town is one of the world’s most eclectic cities. It’s full of modern art galleries, designer boutiques, hip bars, and restaurants serving up great local cuisine.
South African Beaches
Despite its nearness to the frigid Atlantic Ocean, South Africa is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here, you can enjoy pristine white sand, gentle waves, and amazing scenery. During your trip, be sure to visit Santos Beach, North Beach, Camps Bay, and Muizenberg.
North Beach is a tourist favorite near Durban, and it’s considered one of South Africa’s favorite beaches among body boarders, surfers, sunbathers, and swimmers. Tourists and locals alike are drawn to this beach because of its great conditions, comfortable facilities, and its proximity to local restaurants.
Diving With Great White Sharks
If you’re looking for a place to get up close and personal with great white sharks, South Africa is a great place to do it. It’s home to three places where tourists can take part in this exciting endeavor: False Bay’s Seal Island, Mossel Bay’s Seal Island, and Gansbaai’s Dyer Island.
Gansbaai is just two hours from Cape Town, and this sleepy little town is a worldwide draw because it’s one of the planet’s best places to see great white sharks. These sharks populate the waters around the area because of the enormous seal colony that lives on the island.
Though most of the excitement of shark diving is linked to our innate fear of the animals, the high safety standards of the dive operators and the sharks’ natural curiosity make it a safe activity. Getting so close to these prehistoric, powerful predators in their natural environment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
See Where Humankind Was Born
Approximately 50km from Johannesburg, you’ll find The Cradle of Humankind. This series of cave systems and archaeological sites spans nearly 50,000 acres, which means there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and within the complex, scientists have found fossil remains from numerous human ancestors such as Australopithecus africanus. It was that discovery that designated South Africa as the birthplace of mankind, and later finds backed up the story.
The Cape of Good Hope
Located near Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope is the country’s most well-known headland. Pointing into the Atlantic, the Cape’s fame came when it was used as a stopping point on a sailing route between Australia and the Far East. Its name is thought to be associated with its Portuguese discoverers, and it shows that it’s possible to reach India from Europe.
The peninsula area is home to several protected areas, which are, as a group, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. When you visit this area, you can enjoy awesome nature walks, beaches, birdwatching, and scenery. Consider taking the two-day Cape of Good Hope Trail, or one of the many other short trails in the area.
The Apartheid Museum
When in a new country, visiting its memorials and museums will give you a glimpse into its history. The Apartheid Museum does just that, and it shows how South Africans once segregated people based on race. This museum tells the story of apartheid through film, audio, and text, and it will have a sobering effect on anyone who isn’t well-acquainted with the country’s history.
The Addo Elephant National Park
Located near Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape, the Addo Elephant National Park covers about 120,000 acres, making it South Africa’s third-largest national park.
The park, founded in 1931, was established to help the area’s remaining 11 elephants. Since that time, the population has grown to over 600 animals, and park rangers also work to protect the area’s other wildlife.
In the Addo Elephant National Park, you’ll find lions, buffalo, rhinos, elephants, leopards, ostrich, eland, kudu, hyenas, kudu, and many more. As one of the area’s largest protected areas, you’ll find a range of land and sea life to enjoy.
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
The world’s third-largest canyon, and one of the most beautiful, the Blyde River Canyon Reserve covers almost 30,000 acres. The canyon is a huge red sandstone structure that’s an icon of the South African landscape.
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve includes many fascinating geological features, beautiful wildlife, and several different waterfalls. More than 1000 plant species are seen there, including tree ferns, lilies, and orchids. You’ll also see baboons, vervet monkeys, and other primates.
The Cango Caves
Another one of South Africa’s must-see attractions, the Cango Caves are a vast network of limestone tunnels, chambers, and caverns near the Western Cape. You’ll get the chance to enjoy a guided tour of the Cango Caves, which stretch for more than four kilometers underground.
It’s always been a very popular place to visit, but science has added to its popularity. In the 1930s, researchers discovered that the caves were used by early humans during the Stone Age. You’ll have a choice between two tours: the General Tour, which shows the biggest sections of the cavern system, or the Adventure Tour, which involves climbing up walls and crawling into tunnels. Either way, it’s sure to be a memorable trip.
Known mostly for being the place where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned, Robben Island is well-known to almost every South African. Situated in Table Bay and close to Cape Town, Robben Island is a National Heritage Site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a history as a place in which political prisoners were incarcerated since the early 17 th century.
Robben Island’s guided tours are led by former prisoners. Here, you’ll visit the maximum-security prison, see the very cell where Mandela spent all those years, and visit the limestone quarry where the prisoners performed countless hours of hard labor. Visit the island’s museum to learn about its history and be sure to stop by the restaurant for a bite to eat before catching a ferry back to the South African mainland.
One of Cape Town’s most well-known geographical features, Table Mountain is within a protected national park that also contains the Cape of Good Hope, as mentioned above. This flat-topped mountain is the park’s centerpiece, but there are plenty of other interesting things to see, including diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery.
As part of UNESCO’s Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, visitors can take a cable car up the mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of all of Cape Town. Or, you can take the scenic route on one of the landmark’s many hiking trails. Table Mountain is home to more than 2000 plant species, with 70% of them being found nowhere else in the world.
The Cape Winelands
One of the planet’s finest wine-growing regions, the Cape Winelands got its start in 1652 when Dutch colonialists established a way station on the Cape of Good Hope. These days, the beautiful Cape Winelands are divided into six different regions, each with a distinct wine route.
The winelands aren’t just a great place to tour (and stock up on some new favorites), they’re also famous for their breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a glass of wine while looking into the mountains at sunset.
The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields
For history buffs, this is a great place to visit. You’ll get to see places made famous during South Africa’s Zulu and Boer wars it’s where most of the battles took place, and you can find out all about them on a guided tour. You’ll also be able to visit various Zulu heritage and cultural sites.
Guided tours begin in Johannesburg or Durban, where your guide will pick you up and drop you off. Take a tour and see where the British were finally defeated, where the Boers gave up, and where historic Zulu battles happened.
The St. Lucia Estuary
Although it’s one of the lesser-known attractions on this list, the St. Lucia Estuary is known for being one of the largest wetlands on the continent. You’ll get a chance to see more than 800 hippos and thousands of birds, as well as hundreds of Nile crocodiles. This area is also home to leopards, kudu, and rhinos. Because of its abundant wildlife, the St. Lucia Estuary has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’ve never been to South Africa, you’re really missing out on an incredible travel opportunity. Whether you want to come to see the country’s incredible scenery, its varied wildlife, or its numerous historical sites, it’s a trip not to be missed. Start planning your dream South African vacation today!
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in South Africa
South Africa is one of the world’s most impressive country. Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein is capital of South Africa. It has numerous beautiful beaches, shopping complex, tourist places, parks and many more. South Africa’s top 10 and most impressive tourist attractions name given below…
1. Kruger National Park : Kruger National Park is one of the largest park in South Africa. It is located in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces northeastern South Africa. In this park include a lots of lions, buffalos, rhinos, leopards, elephants and many more wild animals. It has 9 main gates allowing entrance to the several camps. It was founded on 1926. Particularly it was the first national park in South Africa. Kruger National Park is the best and most demotic tourist attraction in South Africa.
2. Table Mountain : Table Mountain is situated on the city of Cape Town in South Africa. That’s an amazing and most impressive as well as significant tourist place or attraction in South Africa. This mount elevation at least 1,084.6 m (3,558 ft) and prominence 1,055 m (3,461 ft). It was founded on 1913 and it’s top point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau.
3. Amphitheatre : It’s one of the most popular geographical features and highest mountain range in the Northern Drakensberg South Africa. It’s natural beauty definitely wonderful. Ammphitheatre is a part of the Royal Natal National Park. It’s also most popular for the Tugela Falls. Tugela Falls is the world’s 2nd most beautiful tallest falls.
4. Knysna : Knysna is part of the Garden Route. It’s an impressive tourist attraction in South Africa. Knysna also known as the Khoikhoi. It’s most significant for its warm people, oyster festival and the most extensive views. It is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Eden is district of Knysna. It was established in 1871.
5. Robben Island : Robben Island is located in Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa. It’s an amazing and most beautiful island in Table Bay. It’s not too much above from sea level. Robben Island is a most view-able tourist place in South Africa.
6. Cape Winelands : One of the best tourist place is Cape Winelands. It is staying in the Boland region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It’s monuments, fruitful orchards and villages looks too beautiful. Thousands of tourists visit this place for enjoy it’s natural beauty and scenes. It has 787,490 population (2011).
7. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park : It’s also known as Hluhluw-Ummfolozi Game Reserve. It’s one of the most popular and attractive wild animals park also tourist attraction in South Africa. It has buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and many more wild animals. It is located in the central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This park is very demotic for its rich wildlife as well as extensive efforts.
8. Sun City Resort : Sun City Resort is a different beautiful and luxury tourist destination. Sun City include wonderful 4 hotels, 2 casinos, South African cultural village, 2 championship golf courses etc. It’s remain always fulfill by audience It is located at Johannesburg, South Africa. You can visit this pretty resort for enjoy.
9. Blyde River Canyon : One of the most comely natural tourist attraction and feature of South Africa. It’s highest point is Mariepskop that is 6,378 above from sea level. Blyde River Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone which looks too much beautiful. It’s one of the largest canyon in the world. It is situated on the Mpumalanga, South Africa.
10. Port Elizabeth : World’s most popular city and tourist attraction is Port Elizabeth. It’s a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa. It is located on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. It’s very famous for its numerous beaches and all of the beaches are most attractive also enjoyable.
Often compared to Miami Beach, Durban’s beaches provide a vibrant atmosphere that pulses with energy.
Boasting balmy weather year round, and sporting a genuine beach culture, Durban beaches are lively areas that are remarkably clean and safe. Tourists love all of this, including the variety of entertainments throughout the day.
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in South Africa
Looking for the best tourist attractions in South Africa? well, look no more. South Africa is one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. This is mostly because of its beautiful summery weather, beaches, animal parks, safari resorts, and more. With striking wildlife and the magnificent African sky, it’s no wonder South Africa is a heaven for tourists. Holding around 54 million people in population and nine provinces, the country offers a wide range of unique places to visit. The country also has some unusual tourist attractions like the Cradle of Human Kind which has welcomed thousands of unique visitors from around the world.
South Africa also has one of the most diverse cultures in the world, with 11 official languages, South Africa offers its visitors loads of opportunities for shopping traditional attire and experience in local cuisine including South Africa’s own renowned wines. Visitors also get the chance to the famous Big Five, zebras, giraffes and many other wildlife species and also the incredible marine animals which include majestic whales. South Africa is indeed one of the best countries around the world and the people are ready to welcome you. The list below will show you the top 10 tourist attractions in South Africa.
Sun City Resort is a luxury casino and resort located about two hours away from Johannesburg. This resort contains four hotels, two world-class golf courses, two casinos, a themed cultural village and more than 7000 crocodiles for your viewing pleasure. This resort is the most popular public game reserve in South Africa and one of the top tourist attractions of the country. Having gained the nickname ‘Africa’s kingdom of pleasure’ Sun City has the coolest entertainment experience under the sun.
2. Table Mountain
Standing 3,560-ft high, Table Mountain is one of the world’s most recognizable natural icons, and its distinctive flat top (which gives it its name) makes it one of the top tourist attractions in South Africa. This natural wonder offers its visitors a choice of either the five-minute cable car ride at R380 pp or a day’s hike up to the top. Each cable car features revolving floors allowing passengers to appreciate a 360-degree view of the city.
3. The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the largest safari destination in Africa and one of the main tourist attractions in South Africa. The park boasts more than 500 animal species which includes the Big Five. Unlike most other safari parks, Kruger is a self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure and many places to stay inside the park, from tented camps to luxury lodges. If you enjoy landscapes and love African wildlife the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore it at R105 pp for a day.
4. The Drakensberg Mountains
The spectacular Drakensberg, meaning “Dragon Mountains,” is one of the top destination spots for South Africans and a popular tourist attraction in South Africa. It’s also home to the country’s highest mountains with peaks rising up to 3,482 metres. The region has the World Heritage listed uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a San rock art, and the Royal Natal National Park offering its visitors more than one activity to enjoy during their stay. The same area is also home to the world’s second largest waterfall, the Tugela Falls at 947 meters high.
5. Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in South Africa today, the park is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth with roughly 550 of them remaining. The great Addo park has sixteen of these endangered species. People coming from all over the world love to visit this area in the Eastern Cape to see this African beauty. The park is safely guarded as most of the elephants in the park have been added to the international list of the most endangered species. The park offers its visitors activities such as walking with elephants, elephant-back rides and great hiking trails.
6. Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind is another one of the most iconic tourist attractions in South Africa, it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The beauty of the Cradle of Humankind was first discovered in 1947 by Robert Bloom when he discovered the 2,3 million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (later nicknamed “Mrs. Ples”). Bloom’sfind helped corroborate many other ancient fossils found in the country including the 1924 discovery of the juvenile Australopithecus africanus skull known as the “Taung Child“. The site is very rich in fossil records and has helped with human evolution studies.
Tens of thousands of visitors from across the world come to the Cradle of Humankind to see first-hand the fossil record that lies that the site has. Either it’s for university research or just to experience history first-hand the site has welcomed a number of tourists. A truly iconic tourist attraction in the country.
7. Durban’s Golden Mile
Often compared to Miami Beach, Durban’s waterfront beaches called the Golden Mile are the city’s greatest tourist attraction and a great starting point when touring the city. The Golden Mile provides a vibrant atmosphere that pulses with energy and welcoming people ready to meet you.
The city of Durban was named one of the 7 wonder cities of the world making it another top tourist attraction in South Africa. The Golden Mile beaches are a haven for swimmers, surfers, fishermen and at the same time, a good destination for people looking for entertainment and dining because of the city’s high-rise hotels, shops, restaurants, and casinos.
8. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso “meaning miracle and wonder in Zulu” is a fitting name for this site, no other place has comparable ecological processes or the superlative natural beauty and biodiversity of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in recognition of its unique global values. The site has more than 526 species of birds, as well as leatherback and loggerhead turtles, leopards, rhinos, and Africa’s highest population of hippos and crocodiles. It’s no surprise that this area is recognized as one of the top tourist attractions in South Africa.
This unique wilderness area offers its guests an opportunity to combine a classic safari experience with coastal marine adventures with activities like guided walks, hiking trails, beaches, scuba diving, fishing, horse riding, kayaking, turtle tours, whale watching, and bird watching. Everyone is guaranteed to find something fun to do in this tourist destination.
9. Sterkfontein Caves
Situated an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world-famous for their fossil finds and are a popular tourist attraction in South Africa. The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations at this World Heritage Site. The site offers guest tours that start above ground and then take them deep into the caves at R100 pp.
10. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is home to Africa’s second-largest canyon, as well as a rich diversity of wildlife and plants. Lush subtropical foliage, waterfalls, glistening rivers, and lichen-covered rock formations create a striking canvas of color and texture. The destination also has a breath-taking Hillside House that offers visitors a breathtaking view whilst soaking up the beauty of the natural surrounding of the river. The Hillside Accommodation blends itself with an open lawn, large trees and the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. Another one iconic tourist attraction in South Africa.
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In this article, we provide top tourist attractions in south africa that you must try.
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9 of South Africa's best cultural attractions - one for each province
There are lots of homages to Nelson Mandela in South Africa but the Voting Line - a metal cut-out statue of Madiba standing by a line of figures representing all those who participated in the peaceful 1994 election - in Port Elizabeth is one of the best. The statue is part of the Donkin Heritage Trail, which tours the historic buildings and landmarks of PE's "Central" district.
2) GAUTENG: CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
It's now world-famous - and rightly so - but even though it is not a "hidden gem" the Cradle should be on every South African's bucket list.
Since 1947, the Sterkfontein Caves have yielded the remains of hundreds of Australopithecus africanus hominids,who lived here nearly 3 million years ago. Recent discoveries such as "Little Foot" and the child "Karabo" raised its profile even further.
Start at the Maropeng visitor centre (phone 014-577-9000) for an interactive journey along a timeline of human history spanning millions of years.
3) KWAZULU-NATAL: THE ISANDLWANA BATTLEFIELD
The plain and its brooding sphinx-shaped rock where King Cetshwayo's great Zulu army sliced through a British encampment in the first days of the Anglo-Zulu War in January 1879 and rocked the Empire on its heels is a most evocative place.
Let battlefields guide Lindizwe Ngobese, great-grandson of Mehlokazulu of the iNgobamakhosi Regiment, tell you the story of that fateful day. Lindizwe is based at Isandlwana Lodge, a community-run hotel from where he runs tours that cover Zulu history and culture. Visit the website or phone 034-271-8301.
4) NORTH WEST: MPHEBATHO CULTURAL MUSEUM
My best discovery during last year's Sunday Times Finders Keepers expedition was this superb community-run museum near the Bakgatla gate into the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
The museum examines the culture and history of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela people, who have lived in the area for centuries. Displays include ancient Batswana artefacts and installations, while the stone wall enclosures of the first Chief Kgosi Pilane's Iron Age settlement have been recreated on the grounds of what used to be a school.
There are regular storytelling and poetry sessions in the boma and friendly and excellent guides to show you around.
Visit the museum at 499 Moruleng Boulevard, Moruleng or e-mail [email protected]
5) NORTHERN CAPE: THE MCGREGOR MUSEUM
This museum's attractions cover botany, geology, ethnography, rock art and local history. Since this is in Kimberley, many of the dioramas and exhibits focus on the diamond rush and the Boer siege of the town in 1899.
There are also lovely scenes of Xhosa people trekking with their cattle and our early ancestors hunting bushpigs by a long-lost river. It is worth spending a whole afternoon here, then heading into the town where it all happened.
6) FREE STATE: BASOTHO CULTURAL VILLAGE
This beautiful village 15km from Harrismith surrounds a courtyard and spans the cultural, social and architectural traditions of the Basotho people from the 16th century to the present. It's a carefully constructed piece of living theatre with a tour that starts in the chief's homestead with a sip of traditional beer, followed by a visit to the bone thrower for a reading.
All your senses are engaged, from tasting motoho (porridge made of sorghum) or dipadi (toasted ground maize), listening to music played on traditional instruments to touching household objects.
Phone Mmasi Mosikatsana on 072-340-1277 or e-mail [email protected]
7) MPUMALANGA: SUDWALA CAVES
In the mid-1800s, Somquba , a brother of the Swazi heir apparent, hid in these deep, fascinating caves with his followers and hundreds of cattle during the struggle to oust his brother.
The cavern where they lived is vast the Crystal Chamber - named for its sparkling aragonite crystals - less so. The monthly tours that visit the chamber, 2,000m down, are not for everybody. As the website notes: "Anything too wide is liable to get perfectly stuck".
Visit this island for a much-need trip to the colonial history of South Africa, the impact of which still lives on in the people of the country and their politics even today. Many members of the freedom struggle were held prisoners here, including the famous and compassionate leader Nelson Mandela. This symbolism is complemented by many tourist guides on the island being former inmates themselves, with the first-hand accounts of their trials with these prisons. Utilize the tourist ferries for the visit and be aware of the timings.
9 Cage Dive with Great White Sharks
Climb into a thick iron cage, plunge into the ocean, and come face-to-face with a great white shark. Believe it or not, this is one of South Africa’s top attractions – for thrill seekers. The sport has become so popular that new tour operators keep sprouting up every year. The best time to try the dive is April through October, but great whites swim these waters throughout the year thanks to healthy populations of seals and fish. Cape Town tour operators organize shark cage dives to areas such as Simon’s Town, Seal Island, Dyer Island, Mossel Bay, and Gansbaai, the self-proclaimed “Great White Shark Capital of the World.” Trips can also be arranged out of Durban and Rocky Bay. Since divers are enclosed in the custom-designed cages, no diving certification is required. For a little less excitement, it’s also possible to watch the action from the boat.